How the laser light on the Brother BQ3050 saves time on prep work by Jean Boyd October 23, 2019 written by Jean Boyd October 23, 2019 1K Yesterday I showed you how to sew your own crazy quilt fabric, embellish it with decorative stitches and cut out house and sky shapes. So let’s put it all together to make a table runner. Now I get to use another great feature of the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine – the laser light guide. Press the laser light button on the LCD screen. A red laser line shows on the fabric. By default, the laser light is in the middle, but it can adjusted to the right or left by pressing the + or – buttons. For this project, the laser light should be in the center position. Laser light button on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 LCD screen Place a white square over the top right corner of a crazy quilted rectangle, right sides together. Line up the laser line with the corners of a 2½” square. Stitch a diagonal line across the square, following the red laser line. Keep your eye on the line, not on the needle. Now there’s no need to draw a line before sewing. What a time saver! Line up the laser line with the corners of the square to show the stitching line. Cut off the extra fabric from the seam allowance. Usually, I just cut the extra fabric from the square, but because I’m using white fabric, the background fabric would show through, so I trimmed both layers. As you can see in the picture, I decided to make houses of different heights, so I just cut a bit off some of my 4″ x 6″ rectangles. Trim extra fabric from just the square or from both square and house fabric. Sew another white square on the other side of the house to finish the sky and create a roof for the house. Cut 6 – 4½” squares from white. Sew a square to the top of each house block. Completed house block On a design wall, arrange the houses as desired. Cut 7 – 1½” x 10″ white strips. Sew 1 strip between each house and at each end. Because the houses are different heights, the house row will look something like this. Row of crazy quilt houses Trim the row to the desired height. Mine ended up being 7½” high. Trim row to desired height. Measure the length of your house row and cut a white strip 3½” x that length for the snow at the bottom. Cut a gentle curve along one long edge of the strip. Lay the curved section on top of the house row. Pin in place. I used a blanket stitch from the character/decorative stitch group to top-stitch the snow in place, but you can use a different decorative stitch if you wish. There are lots to choose from on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine! Place snow fabric over the houses. Machine applique snow fabric to houses using a blanket stitch or other decorative stitch. Turn the row over and trim the excess house fabric from the seam. Trim excess house fabric. Be sure and come back tomorrow to learn how to add the borders and use the MuVit dual feed foot that comes with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to quilt the house table runner! This is part 3 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 2: Crazy quilting and decorative stitches make a clever holiday table runner Go to part 4: How the MuVit dual feed foot of the BQ3050 helps your quilting efforts [shareaholic app=”follow_buttons” id=”23735596″] Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs282BQ3050brotherfree patternssewing machine reviewswallhangings FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Jean Boyd Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts. previous post Crazy quilting and decorative stitches make a clever holiday table runner next post How the MuVit dual feed foot of the BQ3050 helps your quilting efforts YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Springtime applique flowers with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050... Machine basting and topstitching a spring table runner Applique houses – basted by machine but stitched... Easy quilting using the MuVit Open-Toe Dual-Feed Foot Introducing raw edge applique with the Brother Innov-ís... Decorative stitching adds dimension to one-of-a-kind bookmarks Creating one-of-a-kind fabric with paint sticks and decorative... Color your fabric for this scrappy quilt, color... Putting it all together with the Brother Innov-ís... 2 comments NancyB from Many LA October 28, 2019 - 9:41 pm this is adorable! Reply Jean Boyd October 29, 2019 - 7:03 am Thanks Nancy! Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.